Friday, April 17, 2015

Alcohol And Gum Disease -YourHealth

          If you enjoy a drink or two, then you might not want to hear this news, as a recent study carried out by Brazilian researchers has found that consuming alcoholic beverages could adversely affect the health of your gums. If you have any signs of periodontal disease then alcohol could cause them to worsen, or it can increase the risk factors for developing periodontal disease.

The study found that the severity of a person’s existing periodontitis was directly related to the frequency of their alcohol consumption. Even drinkers who didn’t have any signs of periodontal disease were found to have a higher rate of plaque compared to non-drinkers. There is a good reason for this as alcohol has a drying effect on the mouth, slowing down the production of saliva which helps to neutralize acids produced by plaque bacteria. Saliva also helps to wash away excess bacteria.

What is Alcohol And Gum Desease ?

Poor Oral Hygiene Is a Huge Factor

It is not all bad news, as according to the study oral hygiene plays a large part in increasing these risk factors as apparently many people who use alcohol will have poorer oral hygiene, something that will increase anyone’s risk for developing gum disease. While the study is interesting there is a need for further research into this subject but it does highlight why it is important for people who enjoy even just the occasional drink to take good care of their gums and to not ignore their oral hygiene routine.

The Importance of Having a Regular Oral Hygiene Routine

Lots of people will go out for an evening and will enjoy a few drinks before returning home, perhaps feeling rather tired. Even though it can be tempting to just go to bed without cleaning your teeth, it is worth remembering that it only takes a couple of minutes to thoroughly clean your teeth and just a minute or two to floss properly before going to sleep and it’s just a lot nicer to go to bed and to wake up with a relatively clean mouth.

If you are out enjoying a few drinks, try to ensure you drink plenty of water at the same time. This will help to counteract some of the drying effects of alcohol and will help keep your mouth at a more neutral pH.

What Should You Do If You Drink and Think You Have Periodontal Disease?

If you think you have periodontal disease, it’s important to get good advice from a periodontist as soon as you can, regardless of whether or not you drink. Dr. Navid Rahmani at the Contemporary Periodontics & Implant Surgery is able to see new patients without the need for a referral from your dentist. All you need to do is to ring up and book an appointment. There are a lot of advantages in going to see a periodontist rather than a general dentist as a periodontist has completed several years of additional training in order to specialize in treating gum disease and any conditions to do with your gums.